This week I found myself thinking about the power of making connections with people. In last week’s blog, I mentioned creating your own support system, the people you want on your side for guidance in your career journey. Hopefully, you are starting to see who should be on your side to help you through all the tough decisions. You also need to find the partners who can redirect the curveball that’s been thrown at your latest career endeavor.
I was reminded of this when I saw an interview with the two founders of a technology company. They were joking about how they work so well together because they are opposites. The one partner is an idea guy with tons of ideas, but no clue of how to implement them. The other partner is the moneyman who can come up with strategies and they could not work without each other, why?
It all has to do with your conative skills. A conative skill is a term used by Kathy Kolbe to describe “human instincts in creative problem solving”. There are 4 types: a quick start (tends to jump into projects immediately), a follow through (creates systems for things), a fact finder (gathers ands on aspects of projects). You may have a tendency towards one area, but need influence from one of the other areas. Some people may be blessed to have a little of each area, allowing them to call on each skill as needed for a project. If you have a resistance or difficulty in a certain area, this could cause problems when trying to complete a project or achieve a goal.
So what do you do? Aband see how you can turn your mistake into a new achievement.
Doubtful? Trust me, it works! I am a fact finder. For a particular project, I researched all the facts, put a plan together and implemented differently. Then, viola! the initial failure became a success.